Apple: Jio says Bharti flouts norms

Apple: Jio says Bharti flouts norms

Post-paid subscribers albeit restricted to 5-6 percent for Bharti Airtel and IdeaVodafone, represent around 20 percent of their portable income, the CLSA report said. Jio claims Airtel used a network of nodes based overseas to offer its services on the Apple Watch Series 3, which could lead to a security breach, The Economic Times reports.

Now, Reliance Jio has allegedly detected that the Apple Watch service offered by Airtel is in deliberate and gross violation of the terms and conditions of Unified License and also compromises national security. According to the same source, Apple watch does not change anything per se while changing from the physical SIM to the eSIM, and both are compliant with security and privacy requirements.

The eSIM is paired with the SIM in iPhone wirelessly through a dedicated network node. The eSIM profile allocations contain user information that includes operator identifier, SIM details, PIN etc and uses the dedicated node for the same goal.

Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) has asked the telecom ministry to take "severe action" and levy "strictest of penalties" against rival Bharti Airtel for violating license conditions by using a network of nodes, used to pair a subscriber's iPhone with the latest Apple watch, based overseas which could lead to a security breach. We noted that a Bharti Airtel, India's largest mobile operator, were in talks with Apple for a broader strategic tie-up. Unified License directs all telecom players that all equipment for network services must be incorporated within the country.

The user's iPhone and Apple Watch share the same number and the user can choose either device to make or receive calls via the electronic SIM.

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Jio also alleged that Airtel has deliberately chosen to install a critical network element outside India."We request your good office to take severe action against M/s Bharti Airtel Limited and impose the strictest of penalties under the License". Similar to Reliance Jio's disruption in the prepaid arena, the postpaid plan will definitely cause Vodafone and Airtel subscribers to have second thoughts about their current network.

Mint could not independently verify the veracity of claims made by Jio. But, Airtel has reportedly set the erstwhile base outside of India which risks user details being tracked by the foreign host country and breaches privacy code.

"The DoT was duly notified prior to the launch of Apple watch including product features, network architecture and the lawful interception and we have also requested them to carry out a demonstration of the same", Airtel spokesperson said. The maximum for a penalty for a breach of such license conditions is ₹50 crore per circle.

Reliance Jio offers a prepaid plan priced at Rs. 149. As per recent reports by Hindustan Times, Airtel discards all the allegations by terming them as "another frivolous complaint by a desperate operator, who seeks a monopoly over everything that they do".